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Sanctions-hit North Korea struggles to pay UN dues

The United Nations is in talks with North Korea over its unpaid dues, which Pyongyang said it could not settle because of banking sanctions, a spokesman said Monday. North Korean Ambassador Ja Song Nam met Friday with the UN head of management to discuss the money owed to the world body. North Korea maintains that it is unable to transfer nearly $121,500 owed to the United Nations after its Foreign Trade Bank, which handles most foreign currency exchanges, was put on a sanctions blacklist in August.
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